appalachian brewing company – switchback burger


I was stuck in Harrisburg in need of a place to watch multiple NHL playoff games while having dinner and a beer. Multiple people suggested I check out Appalachian Brewing Company and sit at the bar. Without many other options, me and my friend checked it out.


To start off, I had the Trail Blaze Brown Ale and a Brewer’s Cheddar Ale Soup, which was made from their Water Gap Wheat Ale. I also gave into the urges to have another burger on my trip. They offered four different kinds and I went with their “Best Burger Grill Off” winning one, the Switchback Burger.


The Switchback Burger is made up of an 8 oz. Angus beef patty topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, provolone, capicola, bacon, caramelized onions, and BBQ sauce (made from their house root beer). It’s sandwiched between a brioche roll and served with house made chips.


This burger was huge. It was easily one of the tallest burgers I’ve had in a long time. The burger was cooked to a slight medium and wasn’t as juicy as I’d hoped. Luckily, the toppings tasted so good that it made the burger quite enjoyable. The house made chips were pretty good, too. The burger went down nicely with a glass of their Hoppy Trails IPA.

I had a great time here. The bartender was really friendly, and she already had all the TVs at the bar tuned into hockey! I’m sure no trip out to Harrisburg in the future will be without a visit to Appalachian Brewing Company.

Appalachian Brewing Company
50 N Cameron St.
Harrisburg, PA 17101
717.221.1080

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tapestry – tapestry burger


My first burger after Easter was supposed to be the Supper Burger, but I foolishly didn’t check to see if they were open on Mondays. Fortunately, Tapestry was open and they served a good burger.


The Tapestry Burger comes with an 8 oz. Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, and onions. I went without the lettuce and onion and added blue cheese, triple smoked bacon, and caramelized onions. It’s served on a toasted brioche bun with fries and a pickle. A side of ketchup and secret sauce (?) also came on the plate. I ordered it medium-rare and it came out closer to medium-well. Despite the higher temperature it was cooked to, it still tasted great and the burger was the perfect size for the bun, ensuring burger in every bite.

Tapestry
700 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215.923.1620

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local 44 – buffalo tofu hoagie


Lent is over and I’m back to not having any dietary restrictions, so it may be shocking that my first post after Lent is about another meatless dish I consumed. The buffalo tofu hoagie at Local 44 in West Philly was one of the tastiest things I had during my fast.

The buffalo tofu hoagie is a vegan take on a buffalo chicken sandwich. It’s made up of chicken fried tofu, brown sugar chipotle glaze, celery remoulade, and green onions. The fried tofu had a crisp, glazed outside, with a soft interior while the remoulade imitated blue cheese quite well, as the texture was similar. It was served on a fresh roll and accompanied with a generous amount of delicious fries.

Local 44 has a great tap list as well as other carnivorous food if vegan/vegetarian fare isn’t a draw for you. Definitely looking forward to my next visit.

Local 44
4333 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215.222.2337

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varga bar – veggie burger


In the beautiful weather we had a few weeks ago, I enjoyed Varga’s veggie burger while sitting outside along 10th street.

The patty is made up of a whole bunch of different veggies. It’s got a slight orange color to it and I believe it’s mainly put together with chickpeas(?). Some notable ingredients were corn, pepper, and scallions. I’m sure there’s more but I couldn’t make it out. The patty is topped with English cucumber, a Bluemoon organic salad, cheddar, truffled aioli, olive oil, and white balsamic vinaigrette. The accompaniments are a mixed arugula salad and a pickle.


The veggie burger is hearty yet somewhat light and refreshing due to the toppings. I enjoyed it except for the patty falling apart halfway through consumption. I can get over that though, it tasted great.

Varga Bar
941 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215.627.5200

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national mechanics – national veggie burger


I’ve added the National Veggie Burger at National Mechanics to my lenten burger list ever since I read about it on Mac & Cheese. Since I’ve been working in Center City a lot last week, it was the perfect opportunity to try it.


Accompanied by steak fries and a pickle, the National Veggie Burger is served on a fresh roll with your choice of cheese (I went with cheddar), lettuce, tomato, and red onion. The bun was perfectly crusty with a light, airy inside. The veggie patty consisted of julienned carrots, zucchini, broccoli, and mushrooms. It was slightly crisp and flavorful; you could taste all the veggies in it. Glad to have a veggie burger that wasn’t made up of beans, not that that’s a bad thing. You just don’t find beanless veggie burgers very often.

Also, National Mechanics has a burger special, Monday to Friday from 11 am – 7 pm. $7 for the National Burger or National Veggie Burger. Not a bad deal at all!

National Mechanics
22 S 3rd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.701.4883

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